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|1 hour 52 min ago||I Had The Same Thought...||
In all honesty, I had the same thoughts you express here as I read through the conclusions. They also offer this later on:
In addition, we believe it is unlikely that an equipment assistant and a locker room attendant would deflate game balls without Brady‟s knowledge and approval. Based on our interviews and assessment of McNally and Jastremski, we also do not believe that they would personally and unilaterally engage in such conduct in the absence of Brady‟s awareness and consent.
So much of this is based on connecting things in large part because Brady did not provide material for them to further dissect - they mention that Brady was part of the campaign to change the rules regarding supplying game balls in 2006, so they say that it is reasonable to assume he was familiar with the rules regarding inflation. Long story short, they find his claim that he did not know that this was occurring "not plausible and contradicted by evidence", to use their phrase. That's when they get into the Ideal Gas Law and moving balls from the locker room to outdoors. Independent tests were run too.
The more I read this, the more I realized that someone spent a lot of money compiling this - that's about it.
|2 hours 25 min ago||Here We Go...||
Age: about eight weeks away from 37
Occupation: By title, Supervisor - Regional Planning & Design. Like a lot of pople , I seem to find myself embroiled in other secondary roles.
Location: Downriver (Romulus, which while miles from the Detroit River is considered "downriver" somehow)
Alum: The MGoHandle tells all
The most Michigan thing I've done? I could think of a few contenders for this title, but my wife's dad's second wife (long story) had commissioned a friend of hers in Iowa to make a Michigan stained glass window display for my birthday. Of course, neither she nor this artist knows anything about Michigan apparently, so when I get it, it is a white block "M" with green glass surrounding it. Graciously (because my wife's family is all around me), I accepted it although inside I was more than irritated (insulted even). The moment they left the house, I buried this heretical monstrosity in the bed where not days before I put down some homemade mulch.
|2 hours 48 min ago||From The Conclusions...||
Text messages most plausibly read as describing a conversation between
They cite Brady as being a constant point of discussion in the text exchanges between Jastremski and McNally as well as Brady being a catalyst for the offers of shoes and jerseys and other items. The increased communications Brady apparently had with one of these guys after suspicions of tampering came into the open are another reason they give that Tom Brady was - as they say - "generally aware".
|3 hours 34 min ago||Even Better...||
It would be even better to see him somehow recreate that moment in the 2012 Minnesota game and use another player to tackle Jay Cutler, or indeed use Jay Cutler to tackle someone else - however it would work out on a given play. I would not be particular in this case.
|3 hours 38 min ago||The DIsconnect...||
There have been a few articles in various publications lately that highlight the growing disconnect between college QBs and what is expected of a QB typically in the NFL. Remember, for example, that Cam Newton - when once asked to name an audible he called - could not think of one, and Bryce Petty in the Senior Bowl looked like he'd never taken a snap under center before (because Baylor, of course).
I am guessing that we could really start looking back to high school at this point to see the start of this divergence - at least in the last several years, it seems like even at that level it is about half spread offenses. If is the case that an increasing number of prospective NFL QBs - now and down the road - are learning systems and skills that won't translate well to the prevailing offensive leanings of the NFL, the problem will get worse rather quickly, I think.
|4 hours 39 min ago||What this program and its||
What this program and its players have been able to achieve under Hutchins on a year-in, year-out basis is absolutely phenomenal. Congratulations to everyone.
As for Hutchins in particular, 15 times as Coach Of The Year in 27 years at the helm of Michigan Softball with - before this season at least (I may have counted incorrectly here) - 16 regular season titles, 16 regional championships, 8 tournament titles....I don't even know how you follow that the day she retires, but the program will undoubtedly be in as spotless a condition as it gets when she does. Amazing career to date really.
|4 hours 50 min ago||A Few Short Trips...||
My wife has decided to go all in on some of the conventions for her favorite shows, so I shall be spending time in Chicago, Cleveland and a couple other cities within reasonable driving distance of the house, plus we're taking the kids to Maumee Bay and one or two other TBD places. Nothing lasting more than a few days - saving for bigger trips in the future. I need to take my wife to Washington, DC for example - I've been there many times but she's never been. Europe too - I have been and she wants to go.
I would like to work in the obligatory weekend up north, but I am running out of places I've not visited at least once - the kids have not been to Sleeping Bear Dunes yet, so that's another possibility later in the summer.
|7 hours 58 sec ago||In The Year 2000...||
Depending on what time of the year this kid was born in 2000, we're now possibly talking about recruits that were not yet born when I graduated from Michigan. I now feel that I've potentially crossed some sort of invisible line, or come to some strange milestone of age. Not sure what to think of that now.
|17 hours 47 min ago||It Really Is...||
I know we like to say "It's Happening!" lately, especially now that a certain thing has in fact happened, but 42 bowl games? The One Hour Martinizing Bowl is happening.
|18 hours 50 min ago||Interesting Stuff...||
"Saying 'Jim flipped it at Stanford' makes it sound like a personal accomplishment, which it wasn't," Harbaugh replied after being asked about how he makes a team tougher. "It was a team effort at all those places. That's the answer. You win as a team. Everybody does a little and it adds up to a lot."
I do get what he's saying here, I think, mainly because you have to get buy-in from the ground all the way up to the coordinators to make this work, to allow someone with as strong a personality as Jim Harbaugh to be a success. His success depends a lot on the people and players around him. That being said, he never really says what the article's title says, and it doesn't seem like something he would say now or at any point.
|18 hours 58 min ago||Tailgating...||
As I am an itinerant drinking person with no particular attachments save for a family and employment and no vehicle which could hope to suit a sizeable tailgate, I will tailgate wherever people will take me in. Typically though, I will make my weekly homage to the tailgate of my next door neighbor growing up, the man who introduced a little LSA to the magic of Michigan.
|22 hours 14 min ago||In The Video...||
In the video for "Cars", you'll see members of The Tubeway Army, but I think "The Pleasure Principle" was it for that era. There is always one of my favorites - "Are Friends Electric?"
|23 hours 33 min ago||My Guess...||
I wouldn't mind a mix of that strategy, or the "fourth" one in the OP. I would go in on top talent because that's just something you should do as a program, or at least in as much as you are able (Michigan is quite able), but at the same time, you have to make strategic moves up and down that list - say, the Top 100 or 150 - and have plans / paths / timelines for everyone that you happen to targeting. I don't think you can devote inordinate amounts of time to a single five-star, for example, unless you believe the risk in lost time with other recruits is acceptable. You have to strike a balance somehow.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Wondered When This Would Appear...||
I actually wondered when this thread would appear, knowing that the board would not have forgotten that it is Cinco De Mayo.
Let us toast the decisive victory of Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin's army over a French force approximately three times its size at the Battle Of Puebla (well, the first of two at Puebla anyway, the second being a French rout, as I recall, paving the way for the capture of Mexico City).
|1 day 4 hours ago||Let's See...||
$5,000 - I'd get another mid 1990s Prizm and relive my days at Michigan. Also, it seemed like you could drive for days on a gallon of gas.
$10,000 - early 2000s Impala. I want mine back but with an engine that won't implode this time.
$15,000 - there's a place up the road from me in Troy that had a restored 1966 Caprice for about that price. Nice color and nice job overall on the restore too.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Crystal Balls...||
His Crystal Ball is 82% Duke and 18% Syracuse at this point, so I think it's clear that he'll be headed to Ann Arbor for the fall of 2016.
...or Hofstra....maybe Austin Peay, the way the Crystal Ball seems to work.
In all seriousness though, that's quite the offer sheet - in addition to Duke, Louisvulle, Syracuse, Connecticut and us, Kentucky, Arizona, Virginia and Villanova just to mention a few (full ist HERE). In the Big Ten, Ohio State, Maryland, Indiana and Rutgers also offered.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Long List...||
Admittedly, I only skimmed it but there was some great creativity here, especially by those who obviously knew it was a non-starter:
"Fighting Boys Named Sue"
"Mentally Ill Horses"
Oh yes...."Children Of Yost" - wrong school, of course, but I like where their head is at.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Just A Guess...||
I am just going to assume that we can get an archived photo of Jim Harbaugh defending Little Round Top against the 15th Alabama Regiment at Gettysburg. That would probably be an awesome photo indeed actually.
Either that or Harbaugh spray painting "Irgendwann fallt jede Mauer" on the Berlin Wall.
|2 days 2 hours ago||A Few...||
I have a few examples of the many that I could put down...
From the late 1960's, "Windy" by the Association
Some 15 years after that, "Der Kommissar" by Falco, also "Vienna Calling" by Falco.
More modern stuff - "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals
Truly modern - "Cooler Than Me" by Mike Posner
|2 days 5 hours ago||Well Then...||
Well then, congratulations to both you and Boliver on the additions to your families as well as the ever-growing Michigan family.
The day I became a dad was one of the happiest yet even though I had every single emotion racing around in my mind in the moment. Almost nine years now after my daughter's birth (and almost eight after my son's), that memory is still clear and still awesome.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Yet Again...||
....the blog comes through and we shall be treated to another edition of HTTV. I will say, I rather envisioned a lot of people choosing their donation level like this:
Good news though and I shall be intrigued to see what they come up with for year one of Harbaugh.
|2 days 6 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 days 6 hours ago||As I Recall...||
She had very short scenes in Star Trek III and IV too, the first being non-speaking and just shaking her head as a battered Enterprise docks, and then working at Starfleet's Operations Center in San Francisco in "The Voyage Home", I believe.
One lesser known fact about Whitney is that she spent a good deal of time in her life helping people battle addiction in its various forms (she had become hooked on amphetamines during filming of the original series).
|2 days 10 hours ago||Here We Go...||
Han Solo at least attempting to take on stormtroopers with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind...
|2 days 22 hours ago||Hometown Indeed...||
That's actually kind cool for him really, to sign with the hometown team (Hollowell is from Detroit, after all), and congratulations to him. Actually, I didn't even consider Hollowell as someone who would be signed because there just wasn't enough data really for him, but a nice pro day later and hopefully he sees the field on Sunday.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Embed For The Board...||
To be fair, anything that makes the other team wonder what the hell is going on....I think some team would be willing to try it out...
|3 days 4 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
Aced the football one, as have others.
I bookmarked the basketball one - will definitely attempt that either today or tomorrow. There are a a good number on the list (I gave it a quick look) that I am sure I know offhand mainly because of their appearances in the tournament and the obligatory discussions that go on, but quite a few where I would be guessing outright.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Interesting Development...||
In an interview at CMU Pro Day, Rawls mentioned Seahawks All-Pro running back Marshawn Lynch as someone he models his style after.
Lynch would be a tough act to follow, of course, but kudos to the people starting threads for those with Michigan connections so that we might stay informed of how their career in the NFL might unfold as well. I just wanted to thank folks for keeping us up on all who have worn the winged helmet.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Connections...||
There might not be a lot of folks on this blog that know the person behind katiecandraw.com, but if you do, that's my sister. She's reasonably well-known and I can always see what I can arrange. This is a busy time of the year for her, but she usually can find time for some one-off requests. I'll just have to provide some shots of Harbaugh, but that's easy enough. Let me know, OP, if you want me to put in a request.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Same Here...||
There's a lot we could say about Gardner's time at Michigan as a blog perhaps, but I think that - here again - we have something to celebrate in that Devin is getting a shot in the NFL and with the team that employs one Tom Brady, no less. It will be interesting to see if - even in one game - Brady-to-Gardner becomes a thing. I have a feeling it might be an interesting display, and in an excellent way.